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ROSEBURG — A successful penalty kick by Roseburg's Claire Ibarra provided the difference in a tightly contested girls soccer match with South Medford in Southern Oregon Hybrid play on Saturday afternoon.
Emily Roy took possession of the ball inside the penalty box but was fouled to set up the free kick, which just eluded Panthers goalkeeper Lindsey Namanny for the only goal of a 1-0 win by the host Indians.
"It was a pretty even game," said Roseburg head coach Adam Blue, whose team improved to 2-3 overall and 2-0 in the SOH. "It was pretty much back and forth after that. I feel like we outpossessed them but they had more shots than we did. We're a little inexperienced and young on taking shots and knowing when to take them and they definitely had the advantage there."
South Medford (2-2-1, 0-1-1) believed to have had a game-tying goal around the 65th minute on a shot by Megan Kapp that hit the crossbar and caromed straight down. From the vantage point of the Panthers' bench, the ball appeared to have come down over the line for what would've been a goal but the referees deemed it didn't cross the line and, after a few anxious seconds, Roseburg goalkeeper Mariessa Robles gathered in the loose ball.
"I was at the other end so I really couldn't tell," said Blue of the controversial call, "but if (Robles) would've been there a half-second later South would've been there to put it in, it was that close."
South Medford's Sarah Kapple also hit the crossbar in the 30th minute.
NORTH MEDFORD 11, CRATER 1 — North Medford junior forward Amanda Hisey provided a flurry of scoring with four goals and senior Ashley Mitchell added a hat trick as the Black Tornado secured its first Southern Oregon Hybrid win at Hoffbuhr Field.
Halley Folsom added two goals and North Medford (3-2, 1-0 SOH) picked up a goal apiece from Sydney Thomas and Kimmy Parker in the runaway victory.
North Medford led 4-0 at halftime and was up 9-0 when Crater freshman Mikalah Wilson scored with about 10 minutes to go. The Comets dropped to 0-4-1 and 0-2 in SOH play.
GRANTS PASS 5, ASHLAND 4 — At Grants Pass, Keeli Morse scored twice for Grants Pass, which had to withstand a late rally by Ashland in the nonleague game at Mel Ingram Field.
Shelby DeRocher, Jessi Witherington and Maci Jokumsen also scored for the Cavers (2-2-2), who opened a 5-2 lead after a 2-all halftime tie.
Ashland's Jessy Harrower scored twice, once off an assist by Kasy Winner and later after rebounding a shot off the post by Geraldine Graham. The Grizzlies (1-4) also got goals by Ia Balbuena, off a Winner assist in the 32nd minute, and Montana Pindell, who was set up in the 68th minute by Sarah Honeywell.
KLAMATH UNION 3, EAGLE POINT 0 — At Eagle Point, Eagle Point (1-4) played strong defense in the nonleague loss.
Klamath Union (2-0-2) got goals from Tori Dykstra and Jessica Bocchi in the first half and a tally by Jackie Hernandez with a couple minutes left in the game.
The Eagles' defense was led by Lupe Partida, Krystal VanDyke and Brittney Miller.
MAZAMA 5, ST. MARY'S 1 — Kaitlin Crowell netted two goals and Hannah Reynolds scored and added two assists for Mazama in nonleague play at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Tiffany Taylor and Kylie Durant chipped in a goal and an assist each for the Vikings, who led 2-0 at halftime.
After a throw-in by Rachel Raniele and head flip by Amber Moore, St. Mary's Emily Alvarez booted in a shot in the 42nd minute to cut Mazama's advantage to 2-1.
The Vikings (3-0-1) were 4-for-7 on bent shots from outside the 18-yard line against the Crusaders (3-2-3).